I love music so much it hurts and I wish I could eat it or better, BE it. I sometimes think I'm good at it and that it's worthwhile and other times
think I should be doing something that\'s easier and that you get paid for or
something that helps people in a more concrete way like making cheese or
fixing work boots. But any hoots...
And now for the past.... I started piano and football at aged 9 while obsessed with The Beatles 'Sgt Peppers' album and the Geelong football club. I dreamed about the Beatles
coming to my home town and I used to converse with the deceased John Lennon
on a regular basis via the large photo on the inside of the album cover.
I rarely practised the piano except for when I 'panic practised' the piano
for 3 weeks before an exam.
Took up guitar aged 14 coz it had more street cred.
My first band at school, 'Fishing for Fish' played covers that were well
known and expected in Australian country towns. I liked a lot of music I now know is crap.
Moved to Melbourne aged 18 to study music at Box Hill Tafe where my final
year report from my guitar teacher Mario Lattuada said "You lack that special something". I was a very sensitive boy and this hurt me and led me to lay aside my guitar hero ambitions for the songwriter's path.
Started writing songs proper when my house mate Mat Watson bought a 4 track
and I thought "I can do this".
Thought about becoming a devotee of a guru...until, at the end of the book
he said you had to worship him and that he WAS God.
Thought about becoming Jewish after seeing what some kids got for their
Barmitzvah while working at a large Kosher hotel.
Thought about becoming Muslim coz Cat Stevens did it.
Tried Buddhism but my knees hurt.
Found my own path where Darwin meets Reincarnation.
Formed a band called The Restless in 2000 and after 2 EPs, 1 album and 2
tours and moderate success with Triple J I quit the band in 2006, believing
I wouldn't do music anymore. I loved the band but something happened in my
soul which made it difficult for me to continue. I still don't understand it. The break up was awful.
I'm a better person now. Pain and sorrow are the hammer and chisel that the
spirit uses to turn the soul into a work of art. Surely...
My new album “Knights of The Department Store” will be released in April 2010